Genkai Sea

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  • Japanese: 玄界灘 (genkai nada)

The Genkai Sea is the southwestern portion of the Sea of Japan, covering roughly the areas off the coast of Fukuoka prefecture (Chikuzen province) out to Tsushima.

A branch of the warm Kuroshio current coming up from the south meets the cold Oyashio and Riman currents from the north here, helping making the region a particularly vibrant one, historically, for marine species, and thus for fishing & other marine extraction activities.


  • Arne Kalland, Fishing Villages in Tokugawa Japan, University of Hawaii Press (1995), 99.